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Celebrate the intense blooming season for California’s state flower, the poppy. Their big, bright flowers create a beautiful orange carpet across 7 miles of trails and hillsides, and saunter through this wondrous display of desert wildflowers.
Photo Credit: Linda Ruiz
Located in the Western Mojave Desert, the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is 15 miles west of Lancaster at 15101 Lancaster Road, about 85 miles north of Los Angeles.
From Highway 14: Take the Avenue I exit and head west 15 miles. Avenue I becomes Lancaster Road. From I-5: Take Hwy 138 east and turn right on 170th Street West. Make a left at the end, onto Lancaster Road. Follow the road two miles and turn left into the reserve.
Parking Fees: $10 per vehicle, $9 per vehicle with a senior on board (62 and over), $5 per vehicle with DPR Disabled Discount Card. Trailmaps available at the visitors' center.
Spring is the best time to visit this park because it is when the seasonal California poppies bloom. Though the duration and colors vary from year to year, the wildflower season is generally best from mid-February through late May. Some ideas to get you started:
Visitors may camp at Saddleback Butte State Park which is approximately 32 miles east on the other side of Lancaster. Book a camp site through our travel center! There are numerous hotels in the Palmdale to Lancaster area, so you have endless choices!
Good things to keep in mind when you visit Antelope Valley:
While you are in the area, be sure to check out these nearby state parks: